Often, the oil companies while cleaning up after themselves will either re-cultivate the land poorly or sometimes not at all.
'A digged swamp looks epic. They plant lawns that are green in both summer and winter.'
The reason for a large number of spillages is ecological dumping
. It's easier for mining companies to pay less than to change the old pipes and observe safety precautions. Moreover, the spill must first be found, and then proven that the company bears responsibility for it. Vasily Yablokov is sure that if fines were real, the oil companies would have to behave more responsibly. While high income is provided to them, they are in no hurry to invest in modernization.
'I have not actually seen the deposits developed according the rules. This is a legacy of extensive development since the Soviet times.'
Basically Greenpeace activists receive information about oil spills from satellite images. So two years ago they discovered
numerous violations, 205 of them they managed to capture, take photos, and set the coordinates. Now bloggers need to do the inspection and form a response – to go through the previously detected spills and see how things are after two years, and then tell us everything that they saw.
'There is a myth that the territory and all that therein is under licensed areas owned by oil companies, but it is not true. This is property of the state, and therefore, it is owned by the people. Oilers are allowed to use subsoil. But they can not hinder citizens being in the woods.'
Vasily Yablokov finishes lecture by mentioning the region where the case with oil spillage situation is particularly bad:
'Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District is the black heart of our homeland.'
Suddenly we hear the street radio through the window. A woman's voice warns of high fire danger and that it is not recommended to go into the forest. But we're going to check the oil spill.